9. Park View High School Library Media Center
Sara Neumann(202) 414-0788
Web Site: http://lcps.org/pvhs
|World View musicians delight crowds during Guitars on the Go concerts before school.
In Loudoun County, Virginia, Park View High School Library Media Center caters diverse student population, where 74% of the students are ethnic minorities and more than half of the student body qualifies for free or reduced lunch. The library creates a welcoming and lively environment, acting as a crossroads of academic and social interaction for the entire school community, and teaches interactive digital, research and reading skills to prepare students for success in the 21st-Century. The school library media center offers extended hours before and after school, a concert series, and inter-generational reading opportunities through its teens-to-preschooler story hours.
"I’m very proud to congratulate the Park View High School Library Media Center on winning the prestigious National Medal for Museum and Library Service. This is a great example of how innovative approaches to connecting kids and teachers with technology can enhance the learning experience. The enthusiasm on the part of students, parents, and educators for this program is a reassuring reminder that the best way to move the American education system forward is to be open to new ideas," said U.S. Senator Mark Warner (VA).
"I am incredibly proud of the faculty, staff and student body at Park View High School for earning the 2012 National Medal for Museum and Library Service," Congressman Frank Wolf (VA-10) said. "This prestigious and selective award is only bestowed upon the best and most cutting-edge libraries and museums in the country, and I cannot think of a school library more deserving of this honor. The library at Park View is more than a room full of books – it serves as a hub for creative thinking, artistic expression and studious academia. Not only does it provide students with resources that help them expand on what they’ve already learned at home and in the classroom, but it also prepares them for post-graduate success in a wide array of fields of development in their academic and professional lives. I applaud the Park View High School family on this momentous occasion for which they should be very proud."
Community Member: Pablo Rivera
High school senior Pablo Rivera was selected by the Park View High School Library Media Center librarians for exemplifying the impact the Loudoun County, Virginia library has on student achievement and in helping create a vibrant school community. Pablo, who is Student Council Association President, frequents the library before and after school to complete homework. He performs in the library’s morning concert series as a member of the Multicultural Ensemble, and he interacts frequently with staff to find information and good reads. Pablo said, "My friends and I come into the library before and after school to finish up school work because there are so many resources at our disposal."
Next Winner: Shaler North Hills Library